Wesleyan Christian Mustangs
Bartlesville, OK 74006
Record: 8-3 | Unranked
|vs Webbers Falls||L||27-40|
|vs Deer Creek - Lamont||W||55-0|
|vs South Coffeyville||W||64-0|
OSSAA State First Round at Wesleyan Christian HS
|vs Mt. View Gotebo|
OSSAA State Quarter-Finals at Mt. View-Gotebo
| Michael Swisher
As we close out the football season and the fall semester, I just wanted to say how thankful I am that this got to be my first ever internship.
The staff at Skordle is incredible and extremely professional.
I will always remember this semester and how special it was.
Now to football…It is officially championship week.
I’m so thrilled to close out the season by giving you my top three state championship games that you won’t want to miss.
I will also provide my predictions for each of these three games. You can also see all of our predictions in the blog section provided by Whitt Carter of Skordle.
Let’s get to it!
1. 6A-I State Championship: Union 11-1 (1st in 6AI-2) vs Jenks 11-1 (1st in 6AI-1) Dec. 4, 1 p.m. at UCO
This is the top game of the week. A big shocker, right?
It probably would’ve been at the beginning of the season when Jenks shutout Union 22-0.
But Union has fought back ever since the shutout loss by winning nine straight heading into Part 2 of this rivalry.
This is the fourth straight championship appearance for the defending state champion Jenks Trojans while this is the first championship appearance for Union since 2017.
Jenks leads the series, known as the Backyard Bowl, 42-23-1 with the tie coming in 1923 where the score of the first ever matchup is still unknown to this day.
The Trojans’ only loss this season came to Bixby, 23-15, which is impressive considering it’s Bixby.
Union will score on the Trojans, but I think the Trojan defense will still be too much and Jenks will come out with its 18th state championship in school history.
2. 5A State Championship: Collinsville 13-0 (1st in 5A-4) vs McAlester 13-0 1st in 5A-3) Dec. 4, 7 p.m. at UCO
McAlester running back Erik McCarty did not disappoint in last week’s semifinal matchup against MacArthur.
The junior had 20 carries for 203 yards and four touchdowns. If you look at the 10.2 yards per carry, he basically had a first down every time he carried the ball. This guy is a machine.
The Cardinals are a bunch of machines as well.
They have literally rolled through their schedule with their offense. Their two huge wins may have been their past two games.
They scorched the Irish of McGuiness at home, 56-35, in the quarterfinals and then dethroned the defending state champion Carl Albert Titans, 27-20.
So both squads have high flying offenses, but which offense will come out on top?
I’m still high on McCarty and I think he and the Buffalo defense will make the difference in the ball game. McAlester will get the job done by one possession.
I predict that the defense will hold the Cardinals on the final possession. This will be a thriller for sure.
3. 4A State Championship: Tuttle 13-0 (1st in 4A-2) vs Clinton 12-1 (1st in 4A-1) Dec. 3, 7 p.m. at UCO
Here is a crazy fact.
Before this game, both teams have finished their seasons with exactly 461 points.
The odds of that happening are very slim.
And the points allowed for the whole season is a 32-point difference with Tuttle allowing 90 points and Clinton 122 points.
Clinton has one loss, but to a 3A Heritage Hall team that came close to beating top-ranked Lincoln Christian last week in the semifinals. You have to admit that a loss to Heritage Hall is nothing to be ashamed about.
Tuttle may be impressive with its gut punching defense, but Clinton had to rely on its defense to pull away last week in the semifinals against 4A Cinderella squad Elk City, 17-7.
This will be another 4A slugfest, but Tuttle’s defense is simply just too dominant.
Last week was the first time all year that the Tiger defense gave up more than 13 points and giving up 21 points still isn’t all that bad.
Tuttle managed to beat Poteau in the semifinals last week 28-21.
Tuttle and Clinton will each score less than 24 points this weekend, but Tuttle will still get the job done with the defense.
I think the Tigers will win their second state championship in three years.
| Michael Swisher
It's championship week!
| Michael Swisher
| Michael Swisher
The 6A-1 playoffs have gotten to the championship game, with the two teams being familiar opponents. Jenks and Union seemed destined to meet each other again in the finals. Union has one loss this season: 22-0 to Jenks in Week 3. Jenks also has one loss to the 6A-II powerhouse Bixby. Both teams won decisively in their quarterfinal match, but both only scored 17 points in their semifinals. Union beat Broken Arrow 17-14 this past Friday while Jenks won 17-10 against Mustang.
The surprise team in this class has to be the Broken Arrow Tigers. Going up against Owasso in the quarterfinals, most people thought the Rams would roll the Tigers again. Back in Week 4, Owasso pounced on the Tigers for a 42-3 victory. I picked Owasso in my weekly picks last week and was thoroughly surprised by the Tigers’ 41-40 victory. The Tigers also put up a great fight against Union, leading in the fourth quarter, but ultimately came up short.
Bixby meets Deer Creek in the championship. Bixby won its first two games of the playoffs by a combined 113 points. I don’t believe Deer Creek will be able to put up much of a fight against Bixby, but no one really has this year outside of Jenks.
The surprises of this class were both Deer Creek and Sand Springs. Deer Creek knocked off Choctaw while Sand Springs beat Del City in the quarterfinals. Choctaw and Del City were set to be a big matchup in the semifinals, but instead got upset.
The 5A playoffs are into the semifinals with the four district champions still in the hunt. McAlester takes on MacArthur at Noble High School. Carl Albert faces Collinsville at Western Heights High School.
Carl Albert vs. Collinsville was my pick for the best potential matchup and the game could be great. The Titans have given up only seven points to both of their opponents in the first two rounds. The Cardinals have scored at least 56 in both of their games. High powered offense meets stout defense for a spot in the title game.
MacArthur shutout Pryor in the quarterfinals 40-0, but had a tough go of it against Piedmont in the first round, winning 14-10. McAlester squeaked by a tough Guthrie team in the quarterfinal round, 27-21. The Buffaloes dominated Sapulpa 48-14 in the first round.
State Champion Game Pick: Collinsville vs. McAlester
The 4A playoffs are also into the semifinals. Elk City takes on Clinton at SWOSU. Tuttle faces Poteau at Jenks High School.
The 2018 and 2019 state champions face off at Jenks. Tuttle has been undefeated this year, the last team in 4A. Poteau has lost one game this year, but to an out-of-state opponent. Tuttle shutout Wagoner in the quarterfinals after beating Newcastle 34-3 in the first round. Poteau has been equally dominant, beating Catoosa 56-14 in the first round. The Pirates also beat Blanchard 45-14 in the quarterfinals. Tuttle’s defense will be put to the test in an effort to make the state title game.
Elk City has been the surprise team this year. The Elks went on the road and beat Cushing 21-14 in the first round and then went to Grove and beat the Ridgerunners 45-24. After placing third in District 4A-1, the Elks have proven they belong in the semifinals. They do face a familiar district foe in Clinton. Four short weeks ago, Clinton dominated Elk City 34-0 on its way to a district title.
State Champion Game Pick: Clinton vs. Tuttle
The 3A playoffs are into the semifinals. Heritage Hall takes on Lincoln Christian at Oklahoma Baptist University. Verdigris faces Holland Hall at Owasso High School. The four teams combined have two losses on the year.
A battle of the last two undefeated teams in the class is at OBU. Heritage Hall comes in at 12-0 on the year with a statement win early in the year against 4A semi-finalist Clinton. Lincoln Christian is also 12-0, only giving up 13 points in its two games of the playoffs. The winner of this game goes into the state title game 13-0 with a chance for a perfect season.
On the other side, defending state champion Holland Hall take on the surprise semifinalist Verdigris. The Dutch have one loss the last two years: It was 12-7 to the Verdigris Cardinals four weeks ago. Verdigris also has one loss - to Berryhill early in district play. A rematch of district opponents always brings a certain intensity and I expect nothing less of this game.
State Champion Game Pick: Lincoln Christian vs. Holland Hall
The 2A playoffs are into the quarterfinal round. Crossings Christian will travel to Beggs. Washington travels to Rejoice Christian. Marlow travels to Cascia Hall. Eufaula travels to OCS.
Two district champions did not reach the quarterfinals, with three teams still undefeated in the playoffs. Washington, OCS and Marlow are all trying to complete the perfect season. Marlow and OCS should meet in the semifinals, Washington will meet the winner of Beggs and Crossings. Surprise team in the playoffs is the Beggs Demons. They defeated district 2A-5 champion Vian in the second round and have a real shot to make the semifinals.
State Champion Game Pick: Marlow vs. Washington
The Class A playoffs are also in the quarterfinals. Pawhuska goes to Elmore City-Pernell. Cashion will travel to Woodland. Ringling travels to Pawnee. Morrison travels to Tonkawa.
Only four district champions proceed into the quarterfinals: Ringling, Cashion, Morrison and Pawhuska. Woodland upset undefeated Gore in the second round, setting up a home matchup against defending state champion Cashion. Tonkawa went into Fairview and spoiled the Yellowjackets’ undefeated season in the second round as well. The Bucs face Morrison, a team they beat back in Week 4. Pawnee upset Mounds in the second round, setting up a matchup with undefeated and top-ranked Ringling. Pawhuska dominated Hominy and Colcord, setting up its matchup against 11-1 Elmore City-Pernell.
State Champion Game Pick: Ringling vs. Cashion
Quarterfinal matchups for Class B. Summit Christian travels to Laverne. Pioneer Pleasant-Vale travels to Shattuck. Dewar travels to Seiling. Davenport travels to Balko/Forgan.
Four undefeated teams entered this bracket and only three remain. The Shattuck Indians bested undefeated Velma-Alma in the second round. District B-1 still has all four teams in the playoffs, with an actual possibility of three making it to the semifinals.
Top-ranked Laverne should get past Summit. Shattuck has shown it can pull off big wins and now gets Pioneer in the quarters. Balko-Forgan and Davenport should be the game of the week in the class. Undefeated Davenport has to travel all the way to Balko to try and keep its perfect season alive. Seiling is the one team that should lose in the district, as it faces undefeated Dewar.
State Champion Game Pick: Laverne vs. Balko-Forgan
These playoffs are into the semifinals. Tyrone will face Timberlake at Woodward High School. Mountain View-Gotebo will face Waynoka at Southern Nazarene.
District champion Maud got beat in the quarterfinals by Waynoka 44-8, setting up the Railroaders’ game against Mt. View-Gotebo. Undefeated Timberlake goes up against 11-1 Tyrone, with its one loss to Class B Balko-Forgan.
State Champion Game Pick: Mt. View-Gotebo vs. Timberlake.
| Michael Swisher
Jenks vs. Mustang
Bixby vs. Stillwater
Coweta at Carl Albert
Blanchard at Poteau
Berryhill at Heritage Hall
Antlers at Rejoice Christian
Elmore City-Pernell at Burns Flat-Dill City
Balko-Forgan at Empire
Wesleyan Christian at Mountain View-Gotebo
| Michael Swisher
All I can say is, what a crazy week for a first-round slate.
Choctaw and Del City both getting upset at home in 6A-II, Cushing getting upset at home in 4A, Broken Arrow getting revenge against Owasso in 6A-I and Bishop McGuinness finally get its way at Ardmore in 5A action.
Those were all of the notable games that shook up the brackets in the 2021 playoffs.
Just by looking at the two major upsets in 6A-II, the road to four straight state championships for Bixby looks even brighter.
But this second week of the playoffs could be even more chaotic. Here are my top games for the week as well as my predictions for those games:
6AI Semifinal Game: Broken Arrow 8-3 (2nd in 6AI-1) vs Tulsa Union 10-1 (1st in 6AI-2) *Game being played at Owasso
Now this is exciting. Another rematch for the Broken Arrow Tigers? What a journey for this team!
They passed the first rematch test last week against Owasso, but will they pass the second one this week?
Besides getting shutout 22-0 by Jenks, this Union squad really hasn’t had any trouble during the 2021 season. Union had to fight out an overtime slugfest with Owasso earlier in the year, but ended up pulling it off 10-7.
But other than that, no problem for the Union faithful. Union matched up against Broken Arrow in a non-district game, winning 38-28.
The one thing Oklahoma high school football fans have to remember is that before Broken Arrow pulled off the 41-40 win last week against Owasso, the Rams blew by Broken Arrow 42-3 earlier this season.
Senior running back Maurion Horn had 33 carries for 207 yards and two touchdowns in the shootout last Friday night.
While Union has had a tremendous season, I think the Tigers will continue their Cinderella run, upset Union and make it to the state championship.
5A Quarterfinal Game: Coweta 10-1 (2nd in 5A-3) @ Carl Albert 9-2 (1st in 5A-2)
This has been another strong season for the Coweta Tigers. Their only loss this year was a blowout when they hosted the McAlester Buffaloes.
A 33-2 loss may look bad on the Tigers’ schedule, but keep in mind that McAlester finished #1 in the 5A rankings this year.
Also let me tell you football fans about Gage Hamm really quick.
The 6-foot-3 senior has been everywhere! He has a total of 1,828 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, only one interception, 419 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
Can we also talk about junior wide receiver Mason Ford? He can run the ball as well.
He may only have 305 rushing yards, but he has six scores on the ground as well as 12 touchdown receptions. Are you kidding me? This is a stacked offense.
But who would’ve thought Carl Albert would be in the position they are in?
I mean, after all, the five-time defending state champions did lose a majority of their squad from last season. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, right?
Well, we all thought wrong. The Titans bounced back from an 0-2 start and have won nine straight, claiming the district once again.
Not to mention they had two huge road wins at both of their rivals’ fields.
First they traveled to Guthrie and won 22-19, then they stole another one at Bishop McGuinness, 35-34. Talk about a magical season. Wow.
This will be a nail biter, but I think Coweta’s offense pulls through and wins. Yes, I have taken a lot of risky picks as you have seen from the picks from me and the rest of the Skordle staff.
But this Coweta squad looks dangerous.
4A Quarterfinal Game: Wagoner 9-2 (2nd in 4A-3) @ Tuttle 11-0 (1st in 4A-2)
The defending state champions have had a challenging season in 2021, but 9-2 is still very solid for the Bulldogs.
There has been a few games where they’ve had to escape and come in clutch to get the job done.
They definitely had a “just win and survive” contest last week when the Bulldogs hosted Hilldale and escaped the upset with a 37-35 nail-biting win.
The Bulldogs also had to play some hard defense against an average Tahlequah team to win on the road 21-7.
Overall, it still has been a very good year for the defending champs.
There is one other word besides “championship” that is on the top-ranked Tigers’ minds and that is “revenge.”
Wagoner hosted Tuttle in the 2020 quarterfinals. Even though Wagoner won 21-14, the Tigers were the toughest opponent Wagoner went up against during the championship run.
This Tiger team this year is different, however. Through all of their 11-win, undefeated season, the Tigers have allowed an average of just over 6 points a game. That’s barely a touchdown every game. That’s definitely some insanity.
This will be very close, but I have the Tigers pulling away in a slugfest with their high power defense.
4A Quarterfinal Game: Blanchard 8-3 (3rd in 4A-2) @ Poteau 10-1 (1st in 4A-4)
Yep, you guessed it. Another 4A matchup.
Plus, the winner of this game will play in the 4A semifinals against the winner of Wagoner at Tuttle. Could we see a rivalry rematch of Blanchard-Tuttle? That would be a blast, wouldn’t it?
The Lions have had a tough season and have lost two close ones to their rivals Cushing (27-13) and Tuttle (14-13).
But last week, Blanchard went into Bethany against a much improved Broncho team and pulled off the upset, 24-21.
It just looked like they were due for a clutch win because of the close bad luck they had recently. It was a huge road win for the Lions last week.
Poteau has come into this season angry after a shocking 17-10 loss at home against Clinton in the playoffs last year.
The high-scoring Pirates have averaged just over 44 points a game this year. The Pirates had no problem in their first round game at home, blowing out Catoosa 56-14.
It will be a really great matchup and Blanchard will keep it close. But Poteau will win by at least two touchdowns.
4A Quarterfinal Game: Bristow 9-2 (3rd in 4A-3) @ Clinton 10-1 (1st in 4A-1)
The Bristow Pirates has been a surprise this year after going 8-4 last year.
And how about last week? They went into the first round at Broken Bow and blew them out 55-6.
Earlier this year, the Pirates won a huge slugfest win against the defending state champion Wagoner Bulldogs 3-0.
You also have the high scoring Clinton Red Tornadoes who have scored at least 40 points or more in their last seven games.
The biggest win has to be two weeks ago when they shutout Bethany 49-0 to win 4A-1.
You can’t sleep on the defense either. Besides their 39-24 non-district loss to 3A opponent Heritage Hall, the Red Tornadoes have only allowed around 7 points a game in all of their 10 wins this year.
This game is a must-watch though because of Bristow’s big upset wins this year. It will be a great and close game.
However, Clinton will march onto the semifinals to play the winner of Grove and 4A Cinderella Elk City.
| Michael Swisher
Holden Thompson and Gage Gundy shined as Stillwater knocked off Booker T. Washington 35-26 in their 6AII quarterfinal last Friday.
Thompson, at running back, and quarterback Gundy, the Pioneers’ quarterback, combined for 52 rushing attempts, powering the offense throughout the course of the game.
Holden ran for 189 yards on 31 carries, while also accounting for three rushing touchdowns. Gundy ran for a touchdown and threw one to wide receiver Heston Thompson, Holden’s twin brother.
The Hornets played through their quarterback Lathan Boone, who completed 20 of 27 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns, with the last two coming in the fourth quarter in a comeback attempt.
The Hornet offense started hot, scoring on the first offensive play of the game as running back Ethan Washington took the opening play 57 yards.
The Hornets led 7-0 just a mere 14 seconds into the game.
At the start of the second quarter, Stillwater was able to tie it up with a 6-yard touchdown run by Gundy.
But the Hornet offense once again capitalized on a one-play touchdown drive. Boone connected with receiver DJ McKinney on a 61-yard touchdown pass and the Hornets took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.
The Stillwater offense drove down quickly after the score.
Gundy converted 4th and 1 close to midfield and Thompson capitalized later on a 5-yard touchdown run.
The Pioneer special teams came up with a huge surprise onside kick recovery, keeping the momentum in their favor.
A jet sweep pass to Thompson saw him scurry into the end zone down the sidelines and the Pioneers took a 21-14 lead into halftime.
The Stillwater offense got the ball to start the second half and Thompson gave up a fumble around midfield, the team’s only turnover of the game, but Stillwater’s defense forced a three-and-out.
Holden redeemed himself on the next drive with a carry of 20 yards and eventually a 21-yard touchdown run to increase their lead, 28-14.
Stillwater’s defense stepped up big again, this time popping Gentry Williams on a screen pass and forcing a fumble.
Working with a short field, Thompson scored his third touchdown of the game, this one 42 yards. The Pioneers led 35-14 at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Hornets’ first drive of the fourth quarter was done very quickly. Boone found his receiver Jordan Drew streaking down the middle of the field for a 72-yard touchdown.
In one of the bigger plays, the Stillwater special teams blocked the PAT, leaving the score 35-20 with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
A quick possession by the Hornets defense put the ball back into Boone’s hands.
Working against a 4th and 12, Boone threw a quick slant to Washington, who took care of the rest, outrunning the Pioneer secondary on his way to a 61-yard touchdown.
Forced to go for the two-point conversion, Boone threw to Drew, who just couldn’t reach the ball with his outstretched hand.
The score was 35-26 with six minutes remaining.
A failed onside kick attempt gave the ball to Gundy and his offense.
They got one first down, but were unable to get another, giving the ball back to the Hornets.
McKinney fumbled after a catch around midfield. Without any timeouts remaining for Booker T., Stillwater was able to run the clock out and advance to next week.
The Hornets season ends with a final record of 8-3.
The Pioneers move on to 9-2 on the year and have a meeting with No. 1 Bixby. That game will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at Langston University.
| Michael Swisher
6A-1 Playoff Preview
Player to Watch: Kentrell “Buddy” Bizzell, Carl Albert. Bizzell carries the load offensively in the running game for the Titans. His ability to make plays could be the difference in these close playoff games.
Sleeper Pick: Coweta Tigers. The Tigers enter the postseason with a 9-1 record. Their only loss comes against their district 5A-3 champion, McAlester by a score of 33-2. If they can get past Tahlequah in the first round, a heavyweight battle against Carl Albert presumably awaits.
Best First Round Matchup: Noble @ Guthrie. The Noble Longhorns are 8-2 on the year but placed third in their district after being in the three-way tie. They travel to Guthrie to face the one-loss Bluejays. Both teams had capabilities to win their own districts, but both came up short, setting up this highly anticipated game against the two teams.
Best Potential Matchup: Collinsville vs. Carl Albert, Semifinals. The undefeated Collinsville Cardinals could push their way to the semifinals, where they could face the reigning five-time defending state champions.
Upset Alert: Bishop McGuinness @ Ardmore. The Fighting Irish have played close games against top teams in the state. They went to overtime against the two teams above them in their district, Guthrie and Carl Albert. Ardmore is coming off a great win against Lawton MacArthur, but could be surprised on Friday night by the Fighting Irish.
State Champion Pick: McAlester Buffaloes. The top team in class 5A should continue to win and hoist the gold ball at the end of the postseason. A possible schedule could include facing Lawton MacArthur and undefeated Collinsville on their way to a state championship.
Player to Watch: CJ Brown, Beggs. Brown has the ball in his hands on most plays for the Demons. He has the explosiveness to push Beggs deep into the 2A playoffs.
Sleeper Pick: Jones Longhorns. The Longhorns come into the playoffs at 7-3. Their only loss to a 2A opponent was District 2A-2 champion Crossings Christian. Will have to overcome being on the road for the duration of their playoff run, but could face undefeated Washington in the second round.
Best First Round Matchup: Metro Christian @ Sperry. Sperry placed second in District 2A-8, but are meeting the two-time defending state champions in the first round. Metro Christian had a little bit of a down year, but can still make an impact in this year’s playoffs.
Best Potential Matchup: Washington vs. Rejoice Christian - Quarterfinals. Washington is undefeated this year and looking to complete the perfect season with a state championship. Rejoice Christian could possibly meet them in the quarterfinals, coming into the playoffs 9-1 after an early season loss to Beggs.
Upset Alert: Community Christian welcomes the visiting Davis Wolves, who I believe will win this game. Davis is 7-3 on the year, but after placing third in district play, they have to travel to 8-2 Community Christian.
State Champion Pick: Marlow. The best team in the class continues their dominance during the postseason. The Outlaws might have to beat the other two undefeated teams, Oklahoma Christian School and Washington, on their way to a state title. This could be their first state championship since 1964.
Player to Watch: Jaden Hall, Balko-Forgan. Hall leads the Balko-Forgan in passing and rushing entering the postseason. A player like him could lead this team throughout the playoffs.
Sleeper Pick: Garber Wolverines. The Wolverines come into the playoffs with a 9-1 record. Their only loss was to district B-7 champion Pioneer 44-36. There is a possibility to face undefeated Dewar in the second round.
Best First Round Matchup: Arkoma @ Wetumka. Arkoma enters the postseason with an 8-2 record, but finished third in their district. They travel to Wetumka, who is 6-3 on the year. Two evenly matched teams could prove an exciting game throughout in Wetumka.
Best Potential Matchup: Balko-Forgan vs. Davenport - Quarterfinals. Undefeated Davenport Bulldogs can surge into the quarterfinals, where they could face highly ranked Balko-Forgan. Balko-Forgan has lost one game to top ranked Laverne, 36-28. These two teams both have potential to hoist the gold ball at the end of the postseason.
Upset Alert: Ringwood Red Devils. District B-2 champions face a Seiling Wildcats team in the first round. Seiling went 7-3 on the year, with their only losses coming from top 10 teams in the class. Ringwood comes in after dominating their district, but I believe could be upset in the first round of the playoffs.
State Champion Pick: Laverne Tigers. The Tigers come in as the favorite, and will be the team to lift the gold ball at the end of the season. The Tigers could face Regent Prep, Velma-Alma, and Dewar on their way to a state championship. There is a possibility to have four teams all 13-0 entering the semi-finals, making it an exciting bracket as those teams push forward in the playoffs.
| Michael Swisher
This is the best time of the year.
College football calls it “Championship November.”
But best of all, it’s that way for high school football as well.
The most fun part about it is that there are 88 playoff games around the state of Oklahoma that you can attend.
And if your team is in the mix, even better! From the district winners to the teams that barely punched their ticket into the playoffs, it’s a whole new slate for everyone.
And just like March Madness, everyone has a chance to win it all in the high school football playoffs.
Here are my top five games this week including my predictions for these -tier matchups.
Bishop McGuinness 6-4 (3rd in 5A-2) @ Ardmore 9-1 (2nd in 5A-1)
Bishop McGuinness finished third in its district? That may not be that big of a deal. However, the one thing fans in Oklahoma have to remember is that this is one of the toughest districts not only in 5A, but in the entire state.
When you have teams like Carl Albert, Guthrie, Piedmont and Lawton Eisenhower in the same district, you know it’s always some intense competition.
All of these teams have been well represented and have well-rounded athletic programs.
The Irish, however, have a very tough road test this Friday. Ardmore is no sleeper. In fact, the Tigers finished in the top-five in 5A and they are known to be a tough opponent to beat on their
The Irish are out for blood though, which is why I have them pulling off the upset. All four of their losses have been by one possession.
Two of those losses were 35-34 to both Carl Albert and Guthrie. I think the Irish will finally become clutch and they just could be the 5A Cinderella squad.
Owasso 8-2 (3rd in 6AI-2) @ Broken Arrow 7-3 (2nd in 6AI-1)
It’s unbelievable that Owasso didn’t even get second in its district.
After all, the Rams are averaging around 45 points a game.
The Rams just had a couple of shocking close losses, a 10-7 slugfest to Union in overtime anda surprising shootout with Mustang, 47-41. This team may just be a few plays away from being undefeated right now.
The Broken Arrow Tigers have to be happy with getting to play at home in the first round considering they had to travel to Owasso earlier this year.
The Rams had no problem winning that game 42-3, but the Tigers have been hot since they lost to Jenks on Oct. 1.
They closed out the regular season with five straight wins.
I think Broken Arrow will play much better this Friday since it’s a home game, but Owasso will still pull through.
In my predictions that I get the pleasure of doing with Whitt Carter and Jayce Osmus of Skordle, that makes the Tigers one of the two teams in 6A-I that I have winning on the road this week.
My other road team is Edmond Santa Fe over Mustang.
Blanchard 7-3 (3rd in 4A-2) @ Bethany 8-2 (2nd in 4A-1)
Blanchard is another third-place team you can’t sleep on.
The Lions almost escaped top-ranked Tuttle last week, but fell short 14-13.
On top of that, the Lions played a really good 5A Noble team and fell by just two touchdowns to Cushing.
Cooksey has done incredible at quarterback for the Lions and he’s only a sophomore. He is definitely the face and future of this program.
The Bethany Bronchos rolled their way through 4A-1 right up until they traveled to Clinton last week.
Clinton definitely showed the Bronchos which team owned the district by shutting them out 49-0.
While Bethany had a huge improvement from last year, I still have Blanchard winning this game.
Bethany does have a fun atmosphere and it can get wild. But ultimately, Cooksey and the Lions offense will get the job done and advance. It will be a close game though.
Bristow 8-2 (3rd in 4A-3) @ Broken Bow 9-2 (2nd in 4A-4)
This is my 4A upset special, but both of these teams have had very successful seasons.
After the opening loss to McAlester, Broken Bow managed to get on an eight-game winning streak, but lost to 4A-4 winner Poteau 59-16. Regardless, the Savages did finish second in the district which is still very impressive.
The Pirates are just three possessions away from being undefeated.
They lost to a much improved Cushing team 35-26 and almost upset Grove.
Not to mention, they won a slugfest to the defending 4A champion Wagoner Bulldogs, 3-0.
This is a 4A Cinderella squad to watch out for. I think they will get out of their close-loss slump and pull out the road victory.
Noble (3rd in 5A-1) @ Guthrie (2nd in 5A-2)
Who would’ve ever thought we would be talking about these two teams in the playoffs? I certainly didn’t.
Noble went 4-7 last season. Guthrie just managed to get in a decent spot in the playoffs last year partly because of some of the games were canceled.
Plus, everyone could choose to be in the playoffs last year as well.
The Bears had statement wins over Blanchard, Piedmont (5A opponent), and an upset win at Ardmore.
This has definitely been one of the more surprising teams in 5A this year.
All Oklahoma high school fans know that winning at Ardmore is not even close to being an easy task.
Overall, I have Guthrie winning this matchup.
The Bluejays fell just short to rival and defending 5A state champion Carl Albert, 22-19.
On top of that, they managed to beat other rival McGuinness 35-34 as well as Lawton Eisenhower 28-10.
Not only do I think the Bluejays will win this matchup, but they could make a deep run in the playoffs.
| Michael Swisher
The Victory Christian Conquerors took home the District 2A-7 title on Saturday night, beating the visiting Beggs Demons 27-26 in a come-from-behind thriller.
Both teams were undefeated in district play through six games, but it was the Demons who ultimately fell.
The Conquerors were led by quarterback Triton Chandler on offense, having both a passing and rushing touchdown. Chandler’s favorite target, Joshua Uduomoh, was spectacular in the fourth quarter alone, catching three passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
The Victory Christian defense came up with big stops throughout against a Demon offense that was led by CJ Brown.
Their biggest stop came on Beggs’ the last drive of the game.
The Demon offense drove all the way down to face a fourth and goal at the Conqueror 15-yard line.
The secondary locked receivers up forcing quarterback Ayden Hamilton to scramble before he was pulled down from behind to lock up the win for the Conquerors.
The Conqueror offense scored early in the first quarter, taking a 7-0 lead behind a Solomon Byrams 1-yard touchdown run.
The offense failed to score again until the fourth quarter as the Demon defense stiffened after the early score.
The Conquerors gave up 20 unanswered points in the meantime and trailed 20-7 going into the fourth quarter.
Chandler found Uduomoh for a 42-yard gain on Victory’s first drive of the fourth quarter, setting up a touchdown run from 3 yards away by Chandler.
On their next drive, Chandler went back to Uduomoh quickly. From the midfield line, Chandler delivered a touchdown pass to Uduomoh.
On their very next drive, Chandler once again went deep to his top receiver. He finds Uduomoh for a 35-yard gain, completing his stellar quarter.
Byrams would punch it in on a gritty 28-yard touchdown run on the next play.
The Beggs offense shined during the Conqueror drought.
After the Victory Christian score in the first quarter, Beggs drove down the field early in the second quarter.
A play action pass to tight end Braylon Davis from Ayden Hamilton got the Demons on the board.
Late in the second quarter, Brown recorded a 44- yard run that set up the offense deep in Conqueror territory. Brown punched it in from 10 yards away to take the 12-7 lead going into halftime.
There were no scores in the third quarter, but the Demon offense got a 19-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Olden on the first play of the fourth quarter.
That gave Beggs what appeared to be an insurmountable 20-7 lead.
Later in the quarter, the Demons only led 20-14.
Wide receiver Kyron Grayson had a breakaway run that went 79 yards for a touchdown to extend the lead to 26-14.
The Beggs offense would not score again.
They had a three-and-out on their next drive and then had the final drive that was stopped short.
Victory Christian now will host at least two home playoff games beginning this week with Adair.
Beggs will host the Sequoyah-Claremore Eagles.
Triton Chandler: 8-17, 166 yard, 1 TD - 12 rushes, 71 yards, 1 TD
Solomon Byrams: 11 rushes, 73 yards, 2 TDs
Joshua Udoumoh: 3 receptions, 127 yards, 1 TD
CJ Brown: 22 rushes, 121 yards, 1 TD
Ayden Hamilton: 4/8, 71 yards, 2 TDs - 12 rushes, 45 yards
Kyron Grayson: 3 rushes, 82 yards, 1 TD
| Michael Swisher
It's playoff time!
We are turning over a new leaf with the postseason beginning Friday. We were in and out during the regular season, but we were rock solid on the handful of weeks we channeled the crystal ball.
Jayce and myself were 41-17 in the regular season, while Steven was not far behind at 37-21.
It's the best week of the year, as there are 88 games statewide. We'll see who survives and advances.
Let's do this.
Norman North at No. 1 Jenks
No. 5 Edmond Santa Fe at Mustang
Steven: Santa Fe
Jayce: Santa Fe
Yukon at No. 2 Union
No. 3 Owasso at No. 4 Broken Arrow
Sand Springs at No. 3 Del City
Whitt: Del City
Steven: Del City
Jayce: Del City
Deer Creek at No. 2 Choctaw
Putnam North at No. 1 Bixby
No. 4 Booker T. Washington at No. 5 Stillwater
Piedmont at No. 6 Lawton Mac
Whitt: Lawton Mac
Steven: Lawton Mac
Jayce: Lawton Mac
Bishop Kelley at No. 10 Pryor
Whitt: Bishop Kelley
Sapulpa at No. 1 McAlester
No. 8 Noble at No. 7 Guthrie
El Reno at No. 3 Carl Albert
Whitt: Carl Albert
Steven: Carl Albert
Jayce: Carl Albert
Tahlequah at No. 4 Coweta
Shawnee at No. 2 Collinsville
No. 9 McGuinness at No. 5 Ardmore
Harrah at No. 3 Clinton
No. 7 Bristow at No. 10 Broken Bow
Whitt: Broken Bow
Fort Gibson at No. 5 Grove
Elk City at No. 4 Cushing
Newcastle at No. 1 Tuttle
Hilldale at No. 6 Wagoner
Catoosa at No. 2 Poteau
No. 9 Blanchard at No. 7 Bethany
Pauls Valley at No. 2 Heritage Hall
Whitt: Heritage Hall
Steven: Heritage Hall
Jayce: Heritage Hall
No. 8 Stigler at No. 6 Berryhill
Vinita at No. 1 Lincoln Christian
Anadarko at No. 10 Sulphur
Kingfisher at No. 9 Plainview
No. 4 Verdigris at No. 5 Seminole
Checotah at No. 3 Holland Hall
Whitt: Holland Hall
Steven: Holland Hall
Jayce: Holland Hall
Lone Grove at No. 7 Perkins
Prague at No. 3 OCS
Davis at Community Christian
Keys at No. 8 Eufaula
No. 9 Metro Christian at Sperry
Purcell at No. 2 Marlow
Perry at Chandler
Adair at No, 7 Victory Christian
Hugo at Cascia Hall
Atoka at No. 4 Vian
Sequoyah Claremore at No. 5 Beggs
Alva at No. 10 Crossings Christian
Bethel at Lindsay
Kiefer at No. 6 Rejoice Christian
Pocola at Antlers
Comanche at No. 1 Washington
Jones at Luther
Cordell at No.4 Fairview
Wayne at No. 7 Tonkawa
Oklahoma Union at Morrison
Stroud at Warner
Hinton at No. 1 Ringling
Mooreland at Minco
Porter at No. 8 Mounds
Pawnee at Commerce
Hominy at No. 6 Pawhuska
Colcord at No. 9 Okemah
Burns Flat-Dill City at Mangum
Whitt: Burns Flat-Dill City
Steven: Burns Flat-Dill City
Oklahoma Christian Academy at No. 10 Elmore City
Whitt: Elmore City
Jayce: Elmore City
Wewoka at No. 2 Gore
Quapaw at Woodland
Dibble at No. 3 Cashion
Apache at No. 5 Hooker
Cherokee at No. 1 Laverne
Southwest Covenant at Tipton
Quinton at Broken Arrow Summit Christian
Covington-Douglas at Tulsa Regent Prep
Whitt: Regent Prep
Steven: Regent Prep
Jayce: Regent Prep
Cyril at No. 4 Velma-Alma
Shattuck at Pond Creek-Hunter
Whitt: Pond Creek
Drumright at Pioneer
Arkoma at Wetumka
Cave Springs at No. 2 Dewar
Foyil at Garber
Seiling at Ringwood
Snyder at Caddo
Yale at No. 3 Davenport
Weleetka at Keota
Strother at Empire
Okeene at No. 5 Balko-Forgan
Thackerville at No. 3 Tyrone
Bluejacket at Midway
Oaks at No. 2 Timberlake
Boise City at Maysville
Sharon-Mutual at No. 1 Mountain View-Gotebo
Whitt: Mt. View
Steven: Mt. View
Jayce: Mt. View
Sasakwa at Bartlesville Wesleyan Christian
Welch at No. 4 Maud
Temple at No. 5 Waynoka
| Michael Swisher
I don’t know about you, but this fun-filled season has flown by.
Coach Mike Leach’s Halloween weekend full of Sprees in a box and Nerds Clusters has concluded.
Believe it or not, we are at the final week of the 2021 regular season.
Many teams will be fighting for not only the district title, but for home field advantage as well. These games are just the preview of how intense the playoffs will be.
I think for this week, we can go off of the classic 1970s hit “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
1. #1 Bixby 9-0 (6-0 in 6AII-2) @ #2 Booker T. Washington 8-1 (5-1 in 6AII-2)
Bixby has won 45 straight games dating back to 2018 and is ever-so-close to Wagoner’s state record of 48 consecutive wins that it set in 2017. Everyone thought traveling to Choctaw would be scary, but it wasn’t for this Spartan squad. The Spartans made the Yellowjackets look like they don’t belong in the brutal 6A-II District 2. No one just travels to a top-three opponent and wins 70-7. That is more than just incredible. The offense, the defense, the special teams, the list goes on for the Spartans. Through nine games, they’ve only allowed a total of 97 points. It’s insane that this late in the season they haven’t gone past the 100 mark in that category. Then rushing and passing, the Spartans offense has over 2,000 yards total in each of those two categories.
Nonetheless, Bixby has its last true road test against a steady Booker T. Washington team. The Hornets lost a close one on the road at Choctaw 29-20 in their first district game of the season, but they’ve had no problems since. Stealing one on the road against Sand Springs was the game that flipped the switch for the Hornets. In the road environment, they never lost the lead in the second half. Junior running back DJ McKinney has maybe been the key factor to this Hornet offense. Not only does he have seven rushing touchdowns, but he also has six touchdown receptions as well. Regardless of what this team does this year, the Hornets are something special and they have almost everyone back next season. The top-ranked Bixby Spartans could have a tough test this week unless if they have the same mentality as they did when they traveled to Choctaw.
2. #5 Bethany 8-1 (6-0 in 4A-1) @ #3 Clinton 8-1 (6-0 in 4A-1)
Wait what? The Bethany Bronchos who went 5-6 last season? Yep, you guessed it. This may be the most improved team in 4A. Taylor Heim and the Broncho offense did not let last season get to their heads one bit. Two of their wins have been very clutch. Two close home wins against Cache and Newcastle have probably been the story of the Bronchos’ whole season. I’ve been to a few Broncho games and the PA announcer goes nuts every single first down and touchdown. It’s a fun atmosphere! Chase Horsley, who broadcasts Tuttle football with me, is a proud Broncho grad. Can Bethany pull off another clutch win and claim the district?
Clinton has improved this season as well. Not only were the Red Tornadoes the Cinderella team in 4A last year, but they’ve now turned into one of the favorites to make it again to the state championship. Despite losing to Wagoner in the 2020 4A state championship, 42-13, they’ve managed to climb all the way to #3 in the final week of the regular season. And their only loss this year was to a currently undefeated 3A Heritage Hall team. Can Clinton keep the momentum up from 2020 and have another run for the state title?
3. #10 Blanchard 7-2 (5-1 in 4A-2) @ #1 Tuttle 9-0 (6-0 in 4A-2)
The defending district champion Blanchard Lions will be traveling to Tuttle in hopes of having back-to-back victories against the Tigers. These two battled it out for the district last season, but the Lions’ defense ended up being the better defense in an intense 7-0 win against the Tigers. Sophomore quarterback Carson Cooksey has been nothing but sensational as an underclassman, throwing for 22 touchdowns as well as five rushing touchdowns. This kid has a bright future for this program.
This Tuttle Tiger defense has only allowed a total of 53 points all season. When the Tigers went to Cushing, which has one of the top offensive teams in 4A, the Tigers completely shut them out in the second half eventually getting the win on the road 22-7. Todd Miller and some of the Skordle crew will be covering this top-10 matchup this Friday. Chase and I will be on the radio broadcasting the game for the top-tanked Tuttle Tigers.
4. #8 Ardmore 8-1 (5-1 in 5A-1) @ #3 MacArthur 9-0 (6-0 in 5A-1)
Besides 2019 and 2020, Ardmore is a team that consistently has a very exceptional record every year. In 2018, they were a touchdown away from winning the 5A state championship. From 2013-2018, the Tigers won eight games or more and have had a winning season every year since 2013. Despite losing at home on Halloween weekend to Noble, 36-35, the Tigers still control their own destiny. With a win at MacArthur this Friday, it is very possible for a three-way tie for the top spot in the district.
Besides a win on the road against Enid, 28-21, earlier this season, the Highlanders mighty offense has scored at least 41 points or higher in every one of their victories in 2021. Just two seasons ago, they went 5-5. And in 2018, they went 4-6. And despite falling short to Guthrie in the 2020 playoffs, 42-39, the Highlanders went 8-3 that year. It has been a huge gradual improvement for this program.
5. #5 Stigler 8-1 (4-1 in 3A-3) @ #1 Lincoln Christian 9-0 (5-0 in 3A-3)
The scoring duo of sophomore quarterback Mckade Peery and senior running back Tanner Mobley is looking to make another deep run in the playoffs as the Panthers made it all the way to the 3A semis last season. This Panther duo is responsible for 49 touchdowns from this dynamic offense. They are looking to shake up the district standings after losing a close one on the road to Seminole, 28-21. Seminole is currently second in the district right behind Lincoln Christian and Stigler is in third.
Lincoln Christian is by far the hottest team in 3A. Not only have the Bulldogs blown everyone in the district out, they also had a walk in the park at Seminole 35-7. With a win against Stigler, the Bulldogs will lock up two home playoff games.
| Michael Swisher
Here is a look at some of the games across the state that will impact district title races in Week 10:
Laverne @ Shattuck
The Laverne Tigers (7-0, 4-0) will travel to face the Shattuck Indians (7-1, 3-1) on Friday night. Laverne puts its perfect season to the test in the final week of the regular against its district rival. Both teams have high-powered offenses that have proven to move the ball on defenses all year. Shattuck does have one loss in district play to Balko-Forgan. A victory for Shattuck Friday night could create a three-way tie between Laverne, Balko-Forgan, and Shattuck. A victory for Laverne guarantees a District B-1 title.
Davenport @ Regent Prep
Davenport (8-1, 3-0) will travel to Regent Prep (9-0, 3-0) in a winner-take-all game for the District B-8 title. Davenport takes its perfect record to Regent Prep in hopes of capturing an unbeaten slate heading into the playoffs. Davenport has beaten eight of its nine opponents by more than 45 points. Regent Prep has caused a mercy rule in seven of its eight wins this season. Its lone loss is to reigning state champion Dewar in opening week of the season.
Hooker @ Fairview
The Hooker Bulldogs (9-0, 6-0) visit the Fairview Yellowjackets (9-0, 6-0) in Week 10. Both teams this time looking to stay unbeaten heading into the playoffs, with a district championship on the line as well. A true winner-take-all as the victor will get the better seeding and take on a lower seed next weekend. Both teams are ranked in the top-five in Class A, and should prove to be a highly competitive game on Friday night at Fairview, which you can watch on skordle.com or on your Skordle app.
Beggs @ Victory Christian
The Victory Christian Conquerors (7-2, 6-0) will host the Beggs Demons (8-1, 6-0) this week as they compete for a district title. Both teams are unbeaten in district play, with statement wins over reigning 2A champion Metro Christian earlier in the season. Triton Chandler leads the Conquerors offense against a stout Demon defense led by Chance Jordan. The Victory Christian defense will have its work cut out for them, trying to stop the dual threat at running back, CJ Brown and Red Martel. This game is another winner-take-all as the winner on Friday night will be guaranteed to host the first two rounds of the playoffs.
Stigler @ Lincoln Christian
The Stigler Panthers will travel and try and knock off the top-ranked Lincoln Christian Bulldogs in Week 10. Unbeaten through nine games, Max Brown and the Bulldogs look to go perfect in the regular season for the third straight season. A district title for the Bulldogs would put them in the driver’s seat on their way to making a deep playoff run again. In their way are the Stigler Panthers, a semifinalist team from last year's 3A playoffs. McKade Peery and the Panther offense look to try and put points up on a stellar defense. With a win, Lincoln Christian guarantees a district title, but Stigler would still need some help.
Bethany @ Clinton
The Bethany Bronchos (8-1, 6-0) will play at the Clinton Red Tornadoes (8-1, 6-0) to determine who will win District 4A-1. Clinton, a runner-up in 4A last year, is looking to get back to that game this year. Bethany is sort of an underdog this year, surprising teams and being in this position to claim a district title. Coming off a lackluster year where they went 5-6, the Bronchos are back in position to make a deep playoff run as well. The winner of this game will claim a district title on Friday night and lock up a the two home playoff games.
MacArthur @ Ardmore
The Lawton Mac Highlanders (9-0, 6-0) will take their undefeated record on the road to the Ardmore Tigers (8-1, 5-1) in hopes of winning a district title. The Highlanders have dominated teams throughout the season and look to stay perfect going into the playoffs. There are high hopes for the Highlanders this season as they look to make a run into the 5A playoffs. Ardmore advanced to the second round in last year's playoffs, and hope to return and get past that point in their playoff run this year. Lawton Mac secures the title with a win. An Ardmore win and a Noble win would bring district points into play.
| Michael Swisher
It is Week 10 of the 2021 Oklahoma high school football season, and playoffs are just around the corner.
For the final installment of this season’s SKORDLE Sampler, I wanted to share my incredible experience at the world-renowned Mama’s Fish House while on my Hawaiian vacation in Maui.
When we booked our trip and started making plans for our week in paradise, every single person that had ever been to Maui said the same thing: “You MUST go to Mama’s Fish House!”
The world-famous seafood restaurant, family-owned since 1973 in the small town of Paia, at the beginning of the Road to Hana, was literally everything I had heard about and more!
Right on the beach, open air, and serving 5-star seafood dishes.
For an appetizer, we had the crab cakes and these were simply phenomenal!